Fallen Heroes Friday (June 8, 2018)

HONORING:

Trooper First Class Walter Greene
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Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Age: 51

Tour: 28 years

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DETAILS:

Trooper First Class Walter Greene died from illnesses he contracted while inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Trooper Greene and his canine, along with other members of the Connecticut State Police's search and rescue team, had responded to the World Trade Center immediately following the attacks to search for possible survivors.

Trooper Greene was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Connecticut State Police for 28 years.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Charles Irvine, Jr.
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Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Charles Irvine was killed in a single-vehicle crash while pursuing another vehicle.

His patrol car left the roadway and collided with a support wall of an overpass at the intersection of West Silver Spring Drive and North 76th Street. Officer Irvine suffered fatal injuries in the crash. His partner was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Officer Irvine had served with the Milwaukee Police Department as a sworn officer for two years and was assigned to the Fourth District. He had previously served with the department as a Police Aide for two years.

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HONORING:

K9 Choper
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Conewango Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Age: 5

Tour: 3 years

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DETAILS:

K9 Choper died from injuries suffered when he fell from the roof of a three-story building at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue And Elm Street in Warren, Pennsylvania.

He and his handler were conducting a training exercise in the abandoned building with the accident occurred at approximately 9:35 pm. K9 Choper was rushed to a veterinary hospital where he died shortly after midnight.

K9 Choper had served with the Conewango Township Police Department for three years.

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HONORING:

Chief Tony Spencer III
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Engelhard Fire & Rescue, North Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, June 3, 2018

Age: 51

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On 05/31/2018 at 2100hrs, Chief Tony Spencer III finished participating in a Firefighter I & II Hose certification class. A few hours later at approximately 0130hrs on 06/01/2018, Chief Spencer suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence and was airlifted to Norfolk Medical Center. Chief Spencer passed away on 06/03/2018 at Norfolk Medical Center from the injuries sustained.

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HONORING:

Fire Police Officer Grant L. Froman
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Dover Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Age: 55

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Fire Police Officer Grant L. Froman was performing maintenance on Service 9, the traffic control unit, when he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

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May you be at rest.

This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).

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